View Application for a 2015 CIP Project

View All 2015 CIP Applications                    

I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: Northern Nevada Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)
2. Project Description (One Sentence): The purpose of this project is to construct an EVOC to train peace officers and other emergency operators in both driving and decision making skills under stressful situations.
3a. Project Location: County: Carson City
3b. Project Location: City: Carson City
4. Department (department requesting project): POST
5. Division (division requesting project): N/A
6. Agency (agency requesting project): N/A
7. Agency contact person: Heather K Elliott
8. Contact phone: 775.687.3317
9. Contact email:
The Department ranking of this project:
10. The Department will rank their projects 1 through the lowest ranked project (i.e., If 5 projects were submitted by the Department a ranking of 1 would be assigned to the most important or most needed project and a ranking of 5 would be the least needed project). 1
11. Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
12. SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings)
13. Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended)
14. Is the property State Owned? Yes
15. If the facility is existing, is it State owned?
II. Narrative Section 
1. Project Description: The purpose of this project is to construct an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC). This is being proposed with the express permission from, and in cooperation with, the Division of State Lands and the Department of Corrections. The course will be on 7 - 10 acres of State land, adjacent to the Northern Nevada Correctional Facility in what is called the "buffer zone", with the potential for growth to fill the available 26.6 acres of land, The scope of the project includes constructing a level asphalt paved course for training emergency operators how to drive safely during stressful conditions. The project also includes outdoor lighting, an access road, water and sewer service, a carport to house vehicles, a maintenance/storage building, two double wide modular classrooms with restrooms, driving simulators, classroom equipment (tables and chairs) and electronics for a “Smart” classroom (speakers, TV monitors, video camera, computer station, etc) in each, an electric gate, and a 6 foot high security fence around the facility.
2. Project Justification: NAC 289.140 requires that all Category I Peace Officers receive emergency vehicle operation training to become certified. There is one facility in Northern Nevada, which is used for training Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and the University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Public Safety. This one facility is inadequate to train personnel outside these agencies. Officers spend 80% of their time behind the wheel, and most of them receive emergency vehicle operation training once in their entire career! One lawsuit, using the "deliberate indifference" defense will cost the state more than building this facility, and there have been several lawsuits lost by the state in the last decade. This facility will be constructed for use by all state law enforcement agencies, local law enforcement agencies, and any agency with the need to train their personnel. Currently, agencies conducting emergency vehicle operation training are doing so on borrowed parking lots of high schools, parks and recreation facilities or unused portions of airport runways. No agencies are training using driving simulators for decision making training.
3. Project Background Information: Beginning in SFY 2005, POST has requested funding for this project. In SFY 2008, a scaled down version was approved and funded with Court Assessment funds for $2,807,194. The project was "shovel ready" and 3/4 of the funds had been transferred to SPWB for the bid process to begin when all remaining and future funds were reverted to the general fund and the project was cancelled. The emphasis on education and practical skills building experience which will be afforded by this facility will minimize risk and should reduce the number of lawsuits. Without proper and practical training, first responders in the State will continue to be involved in increased traffic incidents that often involve citizens and tourists. The liability for the State will continue to increase from incidents that might have been prevented with better education and proper training.
4. Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
a. Type of equipment to be replaced:
b. Year existing equipment was installed:
c. Manufacturer of existing equipment:
d. Model of existing equipment:
e. Are there any known hazardous material abatement? No
5. Ramifications if the Project is not Approved (short essay): If this project is not approved, the State and local governments will continue to pay for wrongful death lawsuits because first responders and public safety officers are not properly or consistently trained. Statistics prove that more peace officers are killed in vehicle accidents than combat situations. Nationally, in 2014, peace officer deaths are up 50%. In the last 10 years in Nevada 6 of the 9 deaths were a result of vehicle accidents. Nationally in 2013, there were 105 line of duty deaths of peace officers, 33 were a result of vehicle accidents. Without an available EVOC peace officers are unable to train in vehicle operation even though they spend the majority of their time behind the wheel of a vehicle. Emergency vehicle operation is not a mandatory training subject after the basic course, as is firearms, because of a lack of training facilities. It is, however, a perishable skill.
Health, Life Safety, and/or Legal Issues
6. Please describe any health, life safety, and/or legal issues that will be resolved by completing this project (Short Essay): Statistically, health, life safety and legal issues will be significantly reduced or eliminated when this project is completed, due to the legal defensibility of current and proven training technology (driving simulators). Learning judgment skills is most effective when the lessons are taught under realistic situations. Training transfer is most complete when training is as realistic as possible. Training transfer is defensible in court because it addresses the challenges and issues to be overcome during the training.
7. Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
a. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? No
b. Has any design work been completed on the proposed project? Yes
c. What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program? 6/30/2017
d. What is the driving proposed completion date? The end of the biennium.
III. Preliminary Construction and Funding Sources Section 
Preliminary Construction Cost Estimate and Funding Sources (The SPWD will prepare all final cost estimates. This schedule is for preliminary purposes only.)
1. Land (if land must be purchased):
2. Off-site construction: 379,621
3. On-site Development: 1,948,832
4. Utility connection fees: 33,175
5. Water rights deeded: 30,000
6. Furniture, Fixture and Equipment: 227,000
7. Specialty equipment: 250,000
8. Data and network equipment:
9. Telephone equipment costs:
10. Moving:
11. Renovation of vacated space:
12. Correction of known deficiencies: 318,265
(describe deficiencies) This is the estimated cost of moving dirt to specifications for water run off and safety and protection of the asphalt pad.
13. Any known commitments:
(describe commitments)
14. Known hazardous material abatement:
(describe hazardous materials)
15. Total project costs:
16. Proposed funding of total project cost: 3,186,893
a. Agency: 3,186,893
b. Federal
c. Other/Donor
d. State
(describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding):
17. Agency point of contact for outisde funding if 16a, 16b, or 16c funding sources are providing funds.
a. Name Heather K Elliott
b. Phone Number 775.687.3317
c. Email Address
IV. Site Analysis Section 
Site Analysis (New construction only)
1. Estimated land area to be acquired (acres) 7
2. Will this project require new parking spaces? No
3. Are utilities available to site? Yes
4. Will project require relocation of existing utilities? No
5. Are there any required off-site improvements (or right-of-way dedications)? Unknown
6. Is the site in a flood plain? Unknown
7. Is the site in an airport impact zone? No
8. Does the site contain any underground storage tanks? No
9. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions? No
10. Will the site require an environmental assessment? No
11. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required? Unknown
12. Will any Utility connection fees need to be paid? Yes
13. Will any water rights need to be deeded? Yes
14. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities? No
15. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement? No
16. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe): Unknown
Describe Site Considerations:
V. Programming Section 
Programming (New construction, building remodels, and building additions only)
1. Has any architectural programming occurred?
(Programming is an architectural definition of the needs/problems that must be addressed by the project)
2. Has any advanced planning occurred in previous CIPs? Yes
3. Usable Square footage required (including storage space)
a. New Construction SF:
b. Remodel/Renovation SF:
c. Addition SF
d.Total project SF:
4. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Factor/Industry
5. Approximate number of staff to occupy facility: 0
6. Approximate number of visitors per day: 30
7. Will this project require funding for any furnishings, fixtures and equipment? Yes
8. For existing facilities, are there any known hazardous materials? (i.e., Asbestos, lead paint or underground storage tanks): No
9. How many years of future growth will this project accommodate?
10. List of required facilites (laboratory space, classroom space, office space, conference rooms, cafeterias, maintenance shops, garages) and any unusual related equipment required for your project: 2 double wide modular classrooms & a driving simulator for each classroom; tables and chairs; electronics for a “Smart” classroom, to include computers, monitors, video cameras, etc.; one maintenance shop/garage for storage of supplies, and vehicle repairs; 12 carport bays for storage of training vehicles.